Ottoman Empire

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Ottoman Empire.

The Ottoman Empire was an empire created by Turkish tribes that grew to be one of the most powerful states in the world during the 15th and 16th centuries. The Ottoman period spanned more than 600 years and came to an end in 1922, when it was replaced by Turkey and various other successor states.

Jews were an influential minority, although still placed under the various restrictions and discriminations applied to non-Muslims. Some had been expelled from Christian areas during Jewish expulsions, possibly causing resentment. "some Sephardic Jews "were...prominent merchants with European markets" who were even regarded as "potential allies, diplomats, and spies" during times of war against Christians."[1] More recently, in association with the creation of Israel, Jews have been expelled / emigrated from many of the Muslim successor states of the Ottoman Empire, as discussed in the article on Jewish expulsions.

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